A wine that is produced only in the best years, Ex Voto embodies the Guigal family's quest to not only own vines in the prestigious Hermitage appellation, but also to produce a wine that reflects the unique soils worthy of their relentless efforts. Ex Voto, from the Latin meaning “as the result of a longstanding wish,” represents the pinnacle of the appellation and pursuit. At first sip, it reminds us why the Guigal’s are masters of Syrah.
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Ermitage Ex-voto Rouge
We’re dealing with perfectionists. In 2000, nearly 60 years after they first started producing a wine from Ermitage, the Guigal’s acquired 4 hectares of vineyards through the acquisition of Domaine de Vallouit in St. Vallier and Domaine Jean-Louis Grippat in Mauve. Like all their holdings, the Guigals would only accept the best. This procurement included portions of celebrated lieu-dits on the hillside—Bessards, Greffieux, L’Hermite, and Murets. With vines up to 90 years in age, each lieu-dit provides unique characteristics to the wine. The differences are important:
Decanter calls 2012 "an easy vintage to love." The wine is vinified in 100% new barrels and aged for 42 months. As such, as with many of the Guigal’s top wines from the Rhône, this bottle will age gorgeously. If enjoying now, we suggest a long decant to ensure the notes of dark blue fruits, coffee, spice, leather, and iron fully emerge from the glass.
Spending massive amounts of time in the confines of my apartment, I find I tend to drink wines from the same regions repeatedly – Burgundy, Champagne, and Piedmont mostly (quarantine has been tough.) I am making a conscious effort to delve into other prominent regions, including wines from the Rhône Valley. It’s almost grilling weather on the East Coast; Guigal Ex Voto will be a fun (re)discovery.